To say that the Overwatch League is in a bit of a bad patch right now would be a huge understatement.
Just right after Sinatraa, the 2019 Overwatch league MVP, left the Overwatch League to be in VALORANT, Vancouver Titans also confirmed that they have already released their entire pro roster. That also includes all of their coaching staff. The timing for these layoffs can’t be any worse because they were so close to returning to action.
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Overwatch league did put out a statement that these players bellow are getting laid off effective immediately.
- HyoJong “HakSal” Kim (DPS)
- Minsoo “Seominsoo” Seo (DPS)
- Seongjun “Slime” Kim (Support)
- Chunghee “Stitch” Lee (DPS)
- Juseok “Twilight” Lee (Support)
- JeHong “RyuJeHong” Yu (Support)
- Chan Hyeong “Fissure” Baek (Tank)
- Yangwon “Yang1” Kweon (Coach)
- Jae Hong “Andante” Hwang (Coach)
Vancouver Titans are set to pick up a completely new roster according to ESPN. They are most likely to hire a tier-2 roster very soon. All of these layoffs and unease around the player’s job security are not painting a good picture for the future of the OWL.
Nadeshot the CEO of 100 Thieves also talked about how bad the situation surrounding the whole Overwatch league is right now after their most decorated player has left Overwatch to pursue a game that isn’t even out of its closed beta.
Hero bans made life difficult for pros
In his retirement note, Sinatra explained that maybe the 2-2-2 lock and bans made his move a bit easier. More and more overwatch pros are either dropping from the league either by themselves or are being laid off by their team management. Seeing all that it isn’t hard to comprehend that the league isn’t in a good spot right now.
Blizzard has also made some changes regarding the hero bans to remedy some of the backlashes they got prior to some of the big-name players dropping out of the league. Hero pools will now only be available below master rank. This was a little too late for most pro players.
Right now fans are concerned over the whole league situation and want to know more about the state of Overwatch 2. At this point, only Overwatch 2 can save the league from this crazy mass. With the current situation around the world, it might be more difficult for Blizzard to release the upcoming sequel to their beloved hero shooter. Hopefully, they can pull it off in time.